Shortt-changed

Today was the first day I’ve heard Morning Ireland refer to new Washington correspondent, Charlie Bird, on a wire from the US capital. Out with the (relatively) new, in with the old, which means it’s a quiet farewell to four-year veteran of the Yankee beat, Robert Shortt. Regardless of what motivated the move (Bird said…

Been there, vomited on the t-shirt

‘There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. That’s what Mr Toad said in The Wind in the Willows. Had he been on board the Navimag ferry as it lurched about the Pacific like a drunk in a panic, he might have saved his tweedy…

Friday Miscellany

Quick observational blast for you because I’m a busy little bastard today: Was at a lecture on broadcast commissioning ethics in UCD last night, chaired by Fintan O’Toole, with Claire Duignan from the RTE and Guardian Columnist Steve Hewlett pontificating. Claire shared one interesting morsel from Monday night. Between 9pm and 10pm, 78% of Irish…

Journalist or Fetish Model?

Originally uploaded by la ol´skull Times are tough in the newsrooms of the nation. The Irish Times is letting people go, Independent News and Media are rationalising an already stripped-out outfit, and Newstalk and Today FM are looking at ‘sharing’ journalists to ensure Denis O’Brien can still afford flights to his tax haven. If you’re…

The Dubliner v The Chancer. Oh, it’s ON.

Expect drawn pistols at high noon in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Said Derek O’Connor, he of Chancer fame: “Dubliner publisher Trevor ‘Awight’ White thinks that The Chancer is obsessed with The Dubliner. He’s wrong. We’re obsessed with him. Grrrrr!” Trevor hits back: “You have a neck like a jockey’s bollocks. And for that, I suppose,…

At home with freesheets

I used to work for a freesheet, so I was well versed on the litter-versus-personal-responsibility debate that surrounds the papers. I still feel the product is strong and has a good niche, but you can’t argue the environmental aspect. There’s a lotta paper left over every day. This idea tickles me, so. An artist in…